Bill Watkins is the Superintendent of Marcola School District and Principal of Marcola Middle/Senior High School. Bill is a graduate of Southern Oregon University (Bachelors) and California State Hayward (Masters). He has 37 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. Prior to moving to the Marcola School District, Bill was a high school Principal and Director of Instruction in Alaska for 14 years. Bill joined Marcola School District in 2014 and is a valued member of our staff and community.
Phil began his career as a teacher in an Alutiiq Village on the Southeast end of Kodiak, Alaska. Phil’s innovative nature soon led him to administration where his interest in technology, and its potential to impact the teaching and learning process, drove him to explore, then develop virtual systems that afforded rural students the opportunity to engage in authentic and rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) directed programming.
Phil’s background has prepared him to serve students and families from a variety of perspectives. He has served as a teacher, principal-teacher, career advisor, director of eight rural schools, director of three U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP) virtual content delivery grants, Director of AKTEACH (statewide STEM and online content academy), and now Director of TEACH-NW, an online and site-based STEM and CTE academy.
Phil holds a BA in Secondary Education and a Masters in Leadership and Supervision, and is member ASTE, ISTE, DevLearn, ASCD, and NASSP.
Anthony White received his Bachelor of Art in Spanish Language and Literature from Southern Oregon University in 2007. He completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from SOU, graduating in 2011. Anthony worked at Ashland High School for a year as a Digital Media teacher. In 2012, Anthony relocated to Kodiak, Alaska, working as an Educational Technologist for the Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD). While in this position, Anthony helped to further advance the district’s online distance learning program, facilitate learning intensives, and support the learning achievements of youth in rural areas of Kodiak. In 2014, KIBSD was awarded a competitive state grant enabling the creation of the AKTEACH program, a statewide virtual learning, and homeschool program. Within this program, Anthony worked as the distance learning coordinator, helping to provide distance learning opportunities for students around the state of Alaska. In 2016, Anthony relocated to Mooresville, North Carolina, where he delivered a middle school STEM program and helped develop a competitive robotics program. Anthony has since returned to Oregon where his is currently teaching Digital Media, MS Computer Applications, and is supporting the development of a virtual learning program that services students in the Marcola School District and beyond who seek an alternative learning program.
Erin has nearly a decade of teaching experience in the classroom, having taught all grades from Kindergarten through 8th grade. She earned her Master’s degree in 2007 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and her career has taken her to Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina and the United Arab Emirates. She has worked in a variety of settings including: a rural two-room schoolhouse in Oregon where she taught students in grades 4-8, creating much of the curriculum from scratch; a native village in Alaska where she taught inquiry-based, hands-on science to kids in grades K-6; an international K-12 school overseas teaching 3rd graders from over 10 different countries (in just one classroom!); and Kodiak, AK, where she met her husband Anthony.
Hello! My name is Amanda Spurlock. I’m looking forward to working at TNW as an educational facilitator. My passion is to work with families on creating an engaging and individualized learning plan that inspires the love of learning. I am thrilled to be partnering with a school that has the same mission, vision, and values.
In 2011 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University with a double bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. I have taught a variety of classes thru various local co-ops and have home schooled my own children using multiple learning styles and curriculum.
When I’m not teaching I take pleasure in spending time with my husband and our four children. We enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and hanging out with our family and friends. I also enjoy museums, photography, and kayaking.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Becky has been teaching since 2010 in a variety of K-5 classrooms. She earned her Master’s degree at UCSD while her husband was deployed in Iraq. When he finished his service in the Marine Corps they moved home to Oregon where they are both from. She got a job teaching 1st grade at Marcola Elementary School in 2013 and has since taught Title 1 classes for the last 4 years. She is looking forward to supporting homeschool families through TEACH-NW as they spark a love for learning in their own unique and creative ways.
Becky enjoys spending time with her two young boys and her husband. Some favorite activities are bike riding, camping, hiking and time at the park. If she can find time reading a good book is a favorite activity as well.
My name is Kori Dunn and I am thrilled to be an Education Facilitator at TeachNW. I believe that each child’s education should be molded to fit their unique learning styles and interests.
I graduated from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies. Over the course of my degree I spent time researching and learning about numerous curricula, learning styles, and education philosophies. During the past five years I have worked with multiple homeschool co-ops in varying subjects with students from kindergarten to eighth grade. I have spent many years tutoring students of all ages in reading and math both online and in person. When I am not teaching, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and fostering puppies from our local animal shelter.
Emily Zionts is contagiously passionate about education that empowers youth to face the crises and take part in the opportunities of this unique time in human history with compassion, creativity, resilience, and joy. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in interdisciplinary, project-based, self-directed learning that honors the inherent wisdom and specific needs of each student. For over 15 years, she has been facilitating, designing, and leading diverse educational experiences for nearly all age groups-though most often with middle through high school students in alternative school settings. Emily holds an M.A. in Peace Education from The U.N. University for Peace in Costa Rica and finished just over half of a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education.
Jodie Crowe has been teaching since 2001 and has spent most of her time working with elementary students in the Salem-Keizer School District. Jodie grew up in Montana and attended the University of Montana where she earned her BA in Education, as well as a reading endorsement. A year after graduation, she moved to Oregon in 2000 with her husband, Joe, after using a United States puzzle to figure out where they wanted to live. They started with a full puzzle and kept removing the states that they didn’t want to live in until they were left with Oregon. They gave their two weeks notice at their jobs, rented a U-haul and have been here ever since. It worked because they love it here!
Jodie taught full time while she earned her MA in Education with an ESOL endorsement from Western Oregon University in 2005. In 2009, Jodie’s daughter, Taelin, was born. She began working half time mentoring beginning teachers and coaching veteran teachers, until she starting homeschooling when Taelin was in the 3rd grade.
Jodie has a rescue dog from Texas named Pepper who mostly likes to sleep and a cat named Napoleon that mostly like to prevent Pepper from sleeping. If you ask her to see a picture of either of them it will be hard for her to choose because they are pretty awesome pets.
When she is not homeschooling, working at Taelin’s dance studio, or taking care of their home you can find Jodie playing board games with her family (My Little Scythe is the current family favorite), binge watching cooking shows on Hulu, reading a book, or taking a nap while holding the book she is trying to read.
Judy has over 25 years of elementary teaching experience in public school, homeschool and private school settings. After a recent move to the Eugene/Springfield area, and leaving 21 years of teaching in Salem, OR, she has returned to working in a homeschool setting. Judy has a BS in Elementary Education and a BS in Early Childhood Education from East Stroudsburg University in PA. Additionally, she has her MS in Special Education from Western Oregon University. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work in both general education and special education and really appreciates when she can directly support individual learners. Judy likes reading, is partial to the beauty of the outdoors, and finds joy in spending time with her young grandchildren.